The phenomenon of Binge Watching among adolescents: an observational descriptive study

Author/s Andrea Costa, Anna Bugatti, Giuseppe Lucchini
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/2 Language Italian
Pages 29 P. 80-108 File size 381 KB
DOI 10.3280/PDS2022-002006
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The present study aimed to observe and describe the phenomenon of Binge Watching among the adolescent population during the health emergency period caused by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and to identify the socio-demographic variables which are most correlated to this behavior. The study involved 376 adolescents attending a secondary school in Brescia, to whom was administered the Binge Watching Engagement and Symptoms Questionnaire (BWESQ). The results showed that the majority of adolescents dedicate a portion of their free time to watching TV series: this behavior mainly involves females and young adolescents; it is a typi-cally solitary hobby, pursued through the mobile phone during the evening hours, after dinner. In addition, a certain number of subjects who practice a problematic Binge Watching was found: although we do not believe that this phenomenon is attributable to the cluster of behavioral addictions, further studies are needed to investigate this practice, especially in relation to the lockdown periods linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. Such studies are particularly relevant to better understand the attitudes of adolescents to-wards digital media - especially TV series - and to promote effective education plans that limit abusive behaviors.

Keywords: adolescents, Binge Watching, TV series, behavioral addictions.

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Andrea Costa, Anna Bugatti, Giuseppe Lucchini, Il fenomeno del Binge Watching tra gli adolescenti: uno studio osservazionale descrittivo in "PSICOLOGIA DELLA SALUTE" 2/2022, pp 80-108, DOI: 10.3280/PDS2022-002006